New New WMA/fitness gym planned for Chicago
Located on the border of Chicago's Ravenswood and Buena Park neighbourhoods, a 5000 square foot Western martial arts and fitness training center is currently under construction. Patterned after a circa 1900 physical culture studio, it features high timber ceiling, a hardwood floor and brick walls, which will be decorated with large historical prints featuring swordsmen and combat athletes in training.
The new gym will include a collection of antique physical culture apparatus, including Indian clubs, medicine balls, iron dumbbells, an 1880s rowing machine and wall-mounted weightlifting machine, pull-up bar and climbing ropes, forming a "gymuseum" for physical culture training. Functional replicas of other classic training equipment and a Western martial arts store may be added in the future.
The complex will include an upstairs library/meeting/lounge area reminiscent of a Victorian era private club, with comfortable chairs and couches, a gallery of antique antagonistics images and books on all manner of Western martial arts and related topics. It will be an athletic club in the traditional sense, a place to socialise, relax and learn as well as to train.
Beginning in February, the school will be running multiple tracks in:
Historical fencing - Fiore de Liberi's Armizare, including two-handed sword, dagger and unarmed combat, as well as Renaissance-era rapier fencing
Fighting Fit - a Cross-Fit type exercise program geared towards martial arts training
Modern self defence
19th century antagonistics - classical sabre, bowie knife, catch wrestling and both canonical and neo-Bartitsu
There will also be a full program of special-interest public seminars and intensive courses, starting with a Bartitsu seminar scheduled for January 22nd. The seminar will roll through immediately into a progressive, experimental course of 12 introductory classes over the following six weeks, between 6.30 and 8.00 pm each Tuesday and Thursday evening.
All going according to plan, the new school will have a web presence from early January.